Poh Ling Yeow

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Poh Ling Yeow
Poh Ling Yeow in May 2013.jpg
Poh Ling Yeow at the InStyle and Audi Woman of Style Awards, May 2013
Born Poh Ling Yeow
1973
Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Residence Norwood, South Australia, Australia
Other names Sharon Yeow
Ethnicity Chinese
Citizenship Australian
Education Bachelor of Design
Alma mater University of South Australia
Occupation Artist
Title Runner-up, MasterChef Australia
Religion None; previously Buddhist, Mormon
Parents Steven and Christina
Relatives Casper (brother)
Website
pohlingyeow.com
Poh's Kitchen

Poh Ling Yeow (born 1973) is a Malaysian-born Australian artist, actress and runner-up in MasterChef Australia.

Early life and background[edit]

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1973 into a fifth-generation Malaysian Chinese family, Yeow attended SMK Convent Bukit Nanas.[1] She emigrated to Australia at age 9 with her parents and brother.[2] After attending Seymour College and then the University of South Australia (where she earned a Bachelor of Design degree), Yeow worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and makeup artist.

Yeow's corporate clients as a makeup artist included L'Oréal and Attitude magazine,[3] the Australian String Quartet[4] and the short film my last ten hours with you.[5] Her personal clients included Megan Gale and Lisa Ho.[6] Freelance work as a makeup artist led to her preparing models for artist David Bromley, increasing her understanding of the art market.[7] Yeow has acknowledged that she posed as a nude model for Bromley.[8]

Yeow adopted the Western first name Sharon[9][10] until age 25, but reverted to Poh Ling as a part of embracing her cultural heritage.[7] She became a full-time professional artist in 2002.[11]

Artist[edit]

Yeow works mainly with acrylic paint on canvas.[12] Her early works featured heavily textured backgrounds whereas recent works present a smoother, more refined and highly detailed finish.[7]

Elements of her Chinese heritage feature in her work, including the goldfish, a symbol of prosperity and good luck in Chinese culture. A recurring character in Yeow's recent work is one that she calls The Girl, who she refers to in the third person, although the character's facial features are clearly similar to Yeow's.[13] She says "I guess [The Girl] was developed as a cathartic act, in terms of embracing everything that I did hate about myself physically: the broad nose, the Asian eyes, the broad face".[7]

A further theme behind her recent body of work was Yeow's split with her partner of 10 years, with titles including "Was That the Last Goodbye?" and "You Haven't Left and I Miss You Already". Her Mermaid series, with The Girl's clothes fashioned from goldfish scales and fins, is about losing your identity and taking on your partner's.[7]

In 2003 Yeow donated an artwork to raise funds for breast cancer research at Flinders Medical Centre.[14] She was also a judge for Youthscape 2008.[15]

Exhibitions and media[edit]

From her first solo exhibition in 2002, Yeow has been a regular exhibitor at the Hill Smith Gallery.[16] She has also appeared regularly at Libby Edwards Gallery.[11]

Yeow's work has been featured or critically reviewed in publications such as Vogue Australia, House & Garden, The Advertiser and mX.[17]

In 2007, Yeow's artwork was used on the cover of the book The Chinese Exotic by Olivia Khoo.[18]

In 2009, Yeow appeared in a glamour shoot for Who magazine.[19]

Chef[edit]

Beat the Chef[edit]

Yeow first appeared on the ABC television program Beat The Chef on 13 April 2005.[20] Her auntie Kim Thoo assisted her in the studio kitchen, where she prepared Ying Yang Prawns.[21] She returned to the program on 15 June 2005, assisted by her friend Felicity Electricity.[22] This time she prepared Basil Thai Fried Rice[23] and Deep-Fried Dory Fillets with Green Mango.[24]

MasterChef Australia[edit]

Yeow was selected in the top 20 contestants for MasterChef Australia from over 7000 applicants.[25] Competition and eliminations began in May 2009. Yeow was eliminated on 18 June 2009 when she incorrectly guessed the ingredients in minestrone.[26] She was one of three eliminated contestants allowed to return to the program on 1 July 2009.[27] She survived further eliminations to compete in the final on 19 July 2009 against Julie Goodwin.[28] Goodwin won the final, with Yeow runner-up.[29]

World Chef Showcase[edit]

Yeow appeared with Matt Preston[30] in the World Chef Showcase in October 2009.[31]

Poh's Kitchen[edit]

Yeow signed with the ABC for a cooking series (Poh's Kitchen) and a two-book publishing deal with ABC Books.[32] The production on the series began in November 2009 in her home town of Adelaide.[33] The series was aired from 10 February 2010.[34]

Yeow was nominated for the Logie Awards of 2011 in the category of Most Popular New Female Talent.[35]

In 2011 the ABC broadcast a second season of Poh's Kitchen, entitled Poh's Kitchen on the Road. Yeow travelled to all Australian states, as well as Singapore and Thailand, to film stories on produce and cooking.[36] A third season premiered on 11 September 2012.[37]

Actress[edit]

Yeow has appeared in four films: Human Touch (2004),[38] Peaches (2004),[38] Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger (2008)[39] and the Tropfest short film Jackie's Spring Palace (2009).[40] She is also credited as production designer on Jackie's Spring Palace.[41]

Yeow said "I've always just followed what I've enjoyed doing . . . in all areas of creativity."[38] Yeow appeared in the 2013 ABC comedy series It's A Date along with Dave Lawson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ D'Cruz, Neville (2009-07-20). "Malaysian-born Yeow Wins Aussie Hearts In Cooking Contest". bernama.com. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  2. ^ Davies, Nathan (2009-07-11). "Poh dishes up her MasterChef secret". news.com.au. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Claire Incorruptible Styling". claireinc.com. 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  4. ^ "Australian String Quartet". 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-19. [dead link]
  5. ^ "my last ten hours with you". closerproductions.com.au. 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-19. [dead link]
  6. ^ Meegan, Genevieve (2006-09-03). "Poh a soloist". news.com.au. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  7. ^ a b c d e McDonald, Patrick (2006-02-11). "Little China girl". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  8. ^ "MasterChef's Poh Ling Yeow posed naked for David Bromley". news.com.au. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  9. ^ "Masterchef Poh Ling Yeow's secret past". news.com.au. 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Peter. "Talking Heads-Poh Ling Yeow". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Poh Ling Yeow". libbyedwardsgalleries.com. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  12. ^ Lovering, Tania (2009-05-18). "Poh Ling Yeow - Adelaide". Retrieved 2009-07-19. [dead link]
  13. ^ Fortescue, Elizabeth (2009-10-20). "MasterChef 's Poh Ling Yeow is putting her art on sale at Art Sydney 2009". dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  14. ^ "George and Harry retrospective raises $30,000". The Investigator. Flinders Medical Centre Foundation. Winter 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  15. ^ "Youthscape 08". rsasa.com. 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  16. ^ "Poh Ling Yeow". hillsmithgallery.com.au. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  17. ^ "Scrapbook". pohlingyeow.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  18. ^ Khoo, Olivia (2007). The Chinese Exotic. University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-962-209-889-3. 
  19. ^ Byrne, Fiona (2009-07-24). "Poh swaps apron for frock in glamour photo shoot". news.com.au. Retrieved 2009-07-24. [dead link]
  20. ^ "The Challengers - Poh Ling Yeow and Kim Thoo". abc.net.au. 2005-04-13. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  21. ^ "Ying Yang Prawns". abc.net.au. 2005-04-13. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  22. ^ "The Challengers - Poh Ling Yeow and Felicity Electricity". abc.net.au. 2005-06-15. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  23. ^ "Basil Thai Fried Rice". abc.net.au. 2005-06-15. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  24. ^ "Deep-Fried Dory Fillets with Green Mango". abc.net.au. 2005-06-15. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  25. ^ Knox, David (2009-01-11). "7000 apply to become MasterChef". tv.com. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  26. ^ "MasterChef's Poh Ling Yeow eliminated from the show". news.com.au. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-07-18. [dead link]
  27. ^ "Booted MasterChef Poh Ling Yeow love life heats up with crew guy". news.com.au. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  28. ^ Clune, Richard (2009-07-19). "MasterChef final expected to draw record television audience". news.com.au. Retrieved 2009-07-19. [dead link]
  29. ^ "MasterChef winner named". news.com.au. 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  30. ^ "World Chef Showcase". Sydney International Food Festival. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  31. ^ Munro, Kelsey (2009-08-31). "Culture club in the kitchen". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  32. ^ Ganska, Helen (2009-09-08). "Masterchef runner-up Poh Ling Yeow gets own TV cooking show". news.com.au. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  33. ^ Poh gets her own show - smh.com.au, 9 September 2009
  34. ^ Schwartzkoff, Louise (11 February 2010). "Poh's still stirring the pot". theage.com.au (Melbourne). Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  35. ^ "Nominees for the 2011 Logie Awards". smh.com.au. 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  36. ^ Salter, Iona (24 August 2011). "Poh’s Kitchen on the Road". meldmagazine.com.au. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  37. ^ "Poh’s Kitchen - Home". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  38. ^ a b c Shearer, Geoff (2009-07-18). "MasterChef showdown between Poh Ling Yeow and Julie Goodwin". news.com.au. Retrieved 2009-07-18. [dead link]
  39. ^ "Hey, hey it’s Esther Blueburger". tamafilms.com.au. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  40. ^ "Jackie's Spring Palace". Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  41. ^ "Jackie’s Spring Palace - Main Credits". Retrieved 2009-07-18. 

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